"An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted." - Arthur Miller

Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin 1937 - 2008

Sadly famed comedian George Carlin died of a heart attack yesterday. The funny man's influence is lot larger then most probably know. His lines are repeated often, his HBO specials are still hilarious today, and his work in movies is usually memorable even if the movies themselves where not. His most famous contribution to pop culture was the "Seven Dirty Words" in 1973 that led to a Supreme Court case that declared them "indecent but not obscene" and gave the FCC leeway in deciding what indecency was on the airwaves. In November he was going be given the 2008 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

"Part of what my impulse is with things I've said or done, I think it is an attempt to demystify these things, to take them out of the realm of the forbidden and the disgusting and the off-base, and to at least bring them into the discussion" - George Carlin

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